Here is another great walk to do from our self catering cottages in Eskdale.
It is a circular walk involving the Ratty. This reduces the miles walked and means you get to enjoy a relaxing ride to the start of the walk.
Take the Ratty to Dalegarth station, the terminating point near Boot. Leave the station and make the short walk to Boot. When you arrive at Boot, walk up the lane from the Brook House Inn.
At the top of the lane a gate leads onto the fell. After a short while, the path forks, make sure you keep to the right. The path is roughly parallel with Whillan Beck and follows the line of the valley uphill passing about 5 walls till you reach the open fell.
It is now a simple walk of just over a mile uphill till you reach Burnmoor Tarn. On a summer’s day, there is no better place to sit down and eat your lunch in tranquil surroundings of Burnmoor Tarn. You can see the fells of Wasdale peeping over the horizon and the bulk of Scafell to the right. You can also take a dip in the tarn if you are feeling brave!
On arriving at the tarn, to your left is Burnmoor Lodge formerly a gamekeeper’s house, now a privately owned bunkhouse. I admit I am very jealous. What a location!
To continue the walk, make a beeline for the lodge. The paths here are a bit vague, so you want to keep the tarn on your right and pick up a path bearing the left, around the side of Boat How and starting to descend down into the next valley.
This route will lead you down into a small valley called Miterdale. Keep the beck on your right as you descend to Miterdale Head. You will pick up a track at Bakerstead (an outdoor pursuit centre bunk house). Follow this down the valley toward Miterdale Forest. Take the first left hand fork off this track and cross the river Mite to arrive at the Porterthwaite road end where there is a car park.
Follow this road for less than half a mile and then turn off to your left on a track that skirts around the outward bound centre. The track continues around the grounds and emerges back out on the Eskdale valley road and back to the start of the walk from Birk How or Rock How.